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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: March (2024)

Spring has sprung in Santa Barbara and we are loving it!

Northern migrating gray whales and many species of birds are an amazing sight to see; wildflowers and lush green hillsides create picturesque landscapes all around; all this combined with warmer water and longer days make March the perfect time for outdoor adventures.

Here are some fun ideas on how to best enjoy early spring in Santa Barbara:

76th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
WHEN: March 8-10
WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds
Experience one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious orchid shows in the United States, reflecting the rich agricultural and orchid-growing history of Santa Barbara County. 

Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park
WHEN: Every day in March
WHERE: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
Channel Islands National Park is home to abundant wildlife, flourishing flora, and world-class sea caves. Our experienced guides love to take guests on incredible island kayak excursions share stories and fun facts about the area’s history and ecology. March is a particularly great time to see the spectacular “blowhole” phenomenon of water shooting out of caves in geyser-like formations. — BOOK NOW

St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
WHEN: March 16-17
TIME: 3:00PM – 2:00AM
WHERE: Institution Ale Company
Dress in green, rally up your friends and come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with hundreds of others, bouncing from bar to bar along State St!

Santa Ynez Wine Tour
WHEN: Every day in March
TIME: ~10AM to ~4PM
Get a taste of this spring’s newest local varietals from our very own wine country on a super fun wine tour through Santa Ynez. — Book Now

First Thursday Art Walk
WHEN: March 2nd
TIME: 5-8 PM
On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and venues offer free access to visual and performing arts in a fun and social environment. Venues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists’ receptions, lectures, wine tastings, and hands-on activities.

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